Ginger Shots

Ginger shots are intensely flavored drinks that deliver a super-concentrated burst of ginger juice. They’ve become very popular items at juice bars and grocery stores for their powerful anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting, and antioxidant properties.

Two ginger shots in shot glasses.

I used to buy Kor shots at the supermarket during the winter months, to help boost my immune system. But gosh are they expensive! So to save some money, I developed this copycat recipe to share with you and it’s spot on to the store-bought version.

These ginger shots are incredibly simple to make, plus you can customize the intensity of the ginger juice to suit your taste. All you need to make these healthy wellness shots at home is a high-powered blender and a fine-mesh strainer. Easy!

Ginger Shot Recipe Video

Want to see how easy it is to make these shots at home? Watch the video below!

Health Benefits of Ginger

If ginger shots are new to you, let me give you a little background on the health benefits of ginger. Ginger is a flowering plant originating from China, and is related to turmeric, cardamom, and galangal. The underground part of the ginger stem has a long history in both traditional and alternative medicine. And ginger gets its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties from naturally high levels of gingerol.

Ginger has been used to treat nausea, indigestion, muscle soreness, and osteoarthritis symptoms. It also may help to lower blood sugar, improve brain function, and prevent heart disease. It’s a true superhero in the world of superfoods and one of my favorite anti-inflammatory ingredients. Which is why I also love making quick pickled ginger!

The ingredients to make ginger shots on a countertop.

Ginger Shot Ingredients

Similar to Kor brand’s wellness shot, there’s just 4 ingredients in this recipe:

  • Ginger: For the strongest flavor, I recommend using fresh ginger root. But check out my tips below on using dried ginger.
  • Lemon Juice: Freshly squeezed lemon juice will always provide a brighter flavor than jarred lemon juice. So that’s what I use!
  • Coconut Water: For a little natural sweetness to balance the pungent ginger lemon flavor.
  • Cayenne Pepper: To give these shots a little kick of heat, and it can also improve circulation and digestion.

Find the printable recipe with measurements below

Ginger shot ingredients in a blender, ready to be blended.

How to Make Ginger Shots

You don’t need a fancy (and hard to clean) juicer to make ginger shots. Just pull out your high-powered blender and a fine-mesh strainer and start juicing!

  1. Wash and chop ginger root. No need to peel the ginger since you’ll be straining the juice before drinking it. Just roughly chop it to make blending easier.
  2. Juice fresh lemons. The bright citrus flavor of lemon juice pairs well with the ginger and tastes much better than bottled. It also gives you a healthy dose of Vitamin C.
  3. Blend until smooth. Blend the ginger pieces and lemon juice until no chunks of ginger remain.
  4. Strain well. Straining the ginger and lemon mixture helps remove bits of ginger peel and those pesky ginger fibers! To get the most juice, press the solids with the back of a spoon when straining.
  5. Serve. Ginger shots are meant to be drunk all at once as a quick shot. Be careful not to drink more than one shot a day since too much ginger can cause heartburn.
Two ginger shots next to a lemon and ginger root.

Tips for the Best Shots

  • Use fresh or ground ginger. Ginger root tastes almost spicy when eaten raw, while ginger powder has a more earthy flavor similar to dried turmeric. If you don’t have a high-speed blender, you can quickly make ginger shots by whisking together ground ginger with the other ingredients. Since they’re both healthy, feel free to use fresh or ground ginger in your shots depending on your taste and what you have handy.
  • Feel the burn. The potent flavor compounds in fresh ginger can give you a fiery sensation in your mouth when drinking ginger shots. That’s normal, but you can always drink a little water afterwards.
  • Pile on the health benefits. To make your ginger shots even healthier, you can always tweak the recipe and add raw honey, turmeric root, aloe vera juice, pineapple juice, or apple cider vinegar.

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Two ginger shots next to lemon and ginger.

Ginger Shots (Better Than Store Bought!)

4.95 from 39 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan
Start your day with an anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting, and antioxidant blast! These super-simple ginger shots take just minutes to make with a high-speed blender. Watch how I make them in the video above!


  • ¼ cup ginger root, washed, roughly chopped
  • cup lemon juice, from 3 to 4 lemons
  • ¼ cup coconut water
  • pinch or two cayenne pepper


  • Place all ingredients in the pitcher of your high-powered blender.
  • Put the lid on the blender, and process until the ginger and lemon juice mixture is smooth.
  • Strain the liquid through a fine-mesh strainer.
    Pour the ginger juice through a fine mesh strainer into a glass.
  • Press on the solids with the back of a spoon to extract as much juice as possible.
    Pushing down on the ginger mixture in the strainer, to extract as much juice as possible.
  • Pour the strained liquid into shot glasses and drink all at once.

Lisa’s Tips

  • You can always double this recipe and save the remaining ginger shots for up to one week in a sealed container in the fridge.


Calories: 12kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 17mg, Potassium: 83mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin C: 9mg, Calcium: 4mg
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: ginger shot recipe, ginger shots, wellness shots
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109 comments on “Ginger Shots”

  1. Hi so looking to make these. When do i add the coconut water? It’s doesn’t say or did i miss it thank you. 5 stars

  2. thank you for the recipe5 stars

  3. Delicious 5 stars

  4. I made the shot and it was great! Thank you so much.

  5. Hi Lisa,
    Approximately how many fl oz will each serving be ? Asking because I plan to make a bigger batch and store in my fridge but not sure what size bottles to get for storage. Thanks in advance !

  6. Fantastic. Can’t wait! 
    Is it possible to make a batch? How long does this keep in the fridge x 5 stars

    • You can double this recipe and save the remaining ginger shots for up to one week in a sealed container in the fridge.

  7. I drink ginger shots daily helps keep the flu and colds away it also helps me get my day started.5 stars

  8. Hi Lisa,
    You mentioned using pineapple juice-would it be possible to sub the pineapple juice for the coconut water and still get similar benefits? I have the pineapple juice already on hand

  9. My blender recently broke. Will a food processor do the trick or will it not blend as smoothly as a blender would?

  10. So shockingly good!! The spice from the shot reminded me of a real shot!! Back in my home town I was known as “The Slide” because them alcohol would go straight down my throat! I eventually got alcohol poisoning and has to stay weeks in the hospital and the doc told me to stop drinking. My life felt pointless. My throat dry and throbbing at the thought of some good old shots. When I saw this recipe my eyes grew wide. I drove my Honda to the local grocery store and bought all the ingredients to make this. I am so grateful I decided I was gonna try this because it was definitely a life-changing decision. Thank you so much for making this recipe and replacing my old alcohol habits. Will definitely be making this in the future for my younger kids who share a similar issue.4 stars